Hyperlinks indicate that clicking on a piece of text or image will take you to related information.

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How to explain best that there is more to a headline? (Icon, Text, etc)

We want to show "news headlines" within a google map (the news where it happend). The news will show up in speech bubbles. Only the headline will be shown first. If a user want to read more, he has ...
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Use subdomains or directory structure for URLs?

I'm curious if it's considered better practice to use a subdomain (e.g. store.website.com) or a directory (e.g. www.website.com/store) when linking to separate sections of a site. Assuming both ...
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Should I link to home from home? [duplicate]

On all my pages, I have the logo in the top left corner. As is consistent with most sites online, it links back to the homepage. However, I need to decide between one of two things: Have the link ...
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Hyperlink at the top of page with smooth scroll to a form at the bottom

I've been tasked with creating 3 new web pages for our site. Each page has a hyperlink above the fold that takes the user to a form at the bottom of the page just above the footer. None of these pages ...
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Accessibility of linked DOC/DOCX files

I am working on a site where the client wants to provide links to Microsoft Word Doc/Docx files. This is probably a bad idea for a number of reasons but from an accessibility standpoint, is this a ...
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What is the general meaning of a struck out hyperlink?

For instance, when I click on a colored underlined text, I am expecting it to be a hyperlink, redirecting me somewhere. When the hyperlink changes its color, I expect it to be already visited. But ...
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How to find later parts of a multi-part article

Consider the very common scenario where someone writes a series of articles (Parts 1 through n). With my publisher, Simple-Talk.com, for example, independent of whether I send them one at a time or ...
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What's the best way to show multiple options for opening a codebase?

I'd like to give users of a desktop app I'm working on the option of accessing their local code either through the Windows Explorer/Mac Finder or through the command-line, what's the best way to do ...
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What is the best practice for styling links, when considering mobile and tablet UX?

I am working on a website that has a variety of content types. Many different titles, modules. Some of the modules have titles that are clickable that take the user through to a landing page for that ...
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Is Parent.se confusing users with link color?

Today, I stumbled upon http://parenting.stackexchange.com/ browsed coupled of threads and noticed that site is creating confusion to users [personal experience] using dull color for non visited link ...
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Navigation on side – dealing with link lengths – different font sizes?

At the moment I am building a webpage where the main navigation is located on the side, not at the top. The page uses a CMS where the user can create own menu links. That means if someone enters a ...
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Hover state for Step-based navigation

I'm stumped on figuring out what the proper hover state for a step-based navigation workflow should be. The navigation appears below. There are 3 states. Completed, Active, and Not-Yet-Completed. The ...
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Navigation Bar, mixing links and buttons

I am trying to create a navigation menu with 2 functions in it... the website 'page' navigation links and 'action' buttons... sort of like this image http://skitch.com/christieday/gg2sr/dribbble-...
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Link to older posts should point to the left or right? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which direction indicates newer/older? At the end of a list of blog posts there is often a link to previous posts. Somtimes this link is extended with an arrow pointing to ...
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Should tags be buttons or links?

Are there any guidelines on how tags should ideally look like? Are they links, buttons, or visual "tags" with a link? I personally find tags that mimic a physical tag or strip of tape appealing, but ...
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Best way to help people understand they can buy domains by clicking on them?

Our client runs panabee, a site to help people brainstorm catchy names for domains, blogs, and mobile apps. We are researching the best way to help people understand they can buy domain names by ...
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How best to display truncated links?

I'm working on a Q&A platform, and I was wondering. Within My Account you can check your questions, answers and comments such as [Your answer] Date: [XX-XX-XX] Number of answers:[XX] ...
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Wording for the “edit” link text

I'm building a website that's in many ways similar to StackExchange but more focused on other topics and differently structured. Now, I've come to the links text wording.. Particularly, the "edit" ...
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What's the correct UI for displaying actions related to a link without obstructing it?

I would like to allow the user to view stats or add tags to links on a website but that's a very rare use case since most users would never interact with the links beyond just clicking on them to go ...
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What is the practical consideration and impact on user experience when the designer makes the logout link/button difficult to access?

It seems like many websites go to great lengths to make the logout link/button very difficult to find or click on. For returning users hiding the logout link/button doesn't make sense because they ...
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multiple ways to do the same thing

Using multiple icons to mean the same thing. Its a pretty common UX technique to allow for users with different types of mental model to be able to navigate; some people like top menus, others icons ...
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Guide/instruction buttons

Can someone tell me the professional name of the buttons that you see when you are in a new page or when it's a new feature? Those buttons usually open to pop-ups that will guide you in the new page/...
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Undisclosed mailto: links. Why is this still prevalent?

I find it a wee bit obnoxious to see modern websites — even those with decent design —, still using contact links that open a user's email client without fair disclosure. Be it a lack of microcopy or ...
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Which gets more interactive: QR code or shorten link?

I am making a poster and I would like to add a document so that anyone who is interested can see further details. At first, I thought that using a QR code would make it look cooler, but after reading ...
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How should the [Big Buy Now Button] in the right gutter be linked?

I'm redisigning my website and would like to know how the "Big Buy Now Button" in the right gutter should be linked. This button will be available on every page of the site. I sell two software ...
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Should html links with images have both title and alt attributes?

I understand it is generally a best quality practice to have title tags for hyperlinks and alt tags for images. This is good for several reasons: additional information for low bandwidth users, ...
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What does *data* show to be the best way to write hyperlinks in article text?

Here are some possible ways to embed a link in a sentence within an article. (The intended link text is just bolded here, rather than actually linked to something.) "A good first step is to perform a ...
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When is it recommended to give a Continue Anyway link

For the pages that are not mobile optimised (the operations that are done on the page should be only from a desktop. Imagine some kind of a development tool which would be used only from a desktop and ...
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Do I need to show a selected state in main navigation?

I'm working on a large, content-heavy website with multiple levels of navigation and was having a discussion with the designer about selected states in navigation. She said that since we have ...
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Efficient way to enter link on phone

I am currently working on a web app that requires users to type the given link on their phone's browser to access the info. I am thinking of putting in a QR code. Is there any better way to do it?
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Should Wizard steps be clickable links?

I'm designing a reusable Wizard that will be used in multiple places of my web application. It is designed to be truly modular - we detect the number of stages and whether each has been completed by ...
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Using hyperlinks for navigation and commands on the same page

I am working on a government web application. We have specified in the style guide that buttons will be used for primary actions and other secondary actions within the page will use hyperlinks. There ...
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Buttons replacing a link for a consistent style

In general, I use buttons for ajax calls that update the UI but am thinking whether a button is a good metaphor for links also. I am using Twitter Bootstrap. Not a designer by trade and would like any ...
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Single 'Edit' link or two 'Edit' & 'Add' links for insert/update/delete operations

I have a dropdownlist and the user has the ability to delete and edit the selected option, or add a new option by clicking a hyperlink which brings up a popup with a form. Would an 'Edit' link be ...
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Is it harder to locate a link in the side navigation compared to top navigation

Most of the side navigations scroll along with the page and the problem I find when using those kind of websites is that you can't remember the position of the link as while scrolling you are ...
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What's a good pattern for edit in place with hyperlinks?

I have a datagrid with many columns that I want to be able to edit in place. Some of the values in the table are hyperlinks. I want to be able to follow the hyperlinks and also edit them. The row ...
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Are mailto: links a problem? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using mailto: links for email addresses…what is the practice these days? What percent of the US sees a dead Outlook popup when they click a mailto: link? Most amateur web ...
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From the usability point of view are text links in italics a good or a bad idea?

A colleague of mine (web designer) would like to style the titles of content in italics for aesthetic reasons. The problem is those titles are also text links to the related full content view. When ...
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Shouldn't the logo be linked to the About page of a website? [duplicate]

For example the Apple logo takes you to the homepage of apple.com from any page. Even I link the logo to the homepage, but doesn't it make more sense if we link it to the about page?
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Where to put the link to admin section?

I have a website with searchable information for users (catalogue, search, item details, etc.). The site does not offer (and doesn't need) any log-in functionality (content is never personalised and ...
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Should we tell users that a link or button will open in a new tab or window & how to do so?

I have encountered users (and myself) who feel that at times when clicking on links it can be surprising when things open in a new window or tab and they didn't expect that action. I believe it would ...
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Best placement for a “Go Back” button: top or bottom?

I know that it is bad practice to use a "Go Back" button (since the browser has such a function) but when it can't be avoided for some reason, is it better to put it on top (similar to how the back ...
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How can I indicate that images can be clicked on a mobile site?

I've created a mobile site with a portfolio page. On the desktop version, hovering the mouse over the images changes the mouse pointer to a finger indicating the image is hyperlinked. To try to get ...
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Can a label and a count link to the same detail list?

We have a page with links to different lists and we are debating what the clickable link should be. What is the best option? The label and the count are both links to the same list. Is it ...
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Responsive Design with Lengthy Links

Related to question How to resolve lengthy hyperlinks? with responsive webdesign in mind... In past practices on desktop, links would span 2 lines where on mobile they would span almost 10 lines! ...
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Why does ux.stackexchange.com use a darker colour to indicate visited links?

Why does this site use a darker colour for links that have been clicked on? When scan reading down the pages all I notice are links I've already visited, completely ignoring the pale blue links. To ...
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Inline sharing URLs

What's the purpose of these inline URLs? Why clutter the interface when people can easily copy and paste their browser's address bar? Google Maps Google Maps does not change the browser address bar ...
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Hyperlinks replacing buttons for desktop software UI's?

I am a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) manager for a complex geology and geophysics software application. Recently I heard my SQA team complaining about the heavy handedness of the UX teams. They ...
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Any research about “few markets” that expect external links to be opened in new windows/tabs?

Google AdSense, an advertisement service, documents in "Opening the ads in a new window": Generally, it is our policy to not allow Google ads to open in a new window. However, in a few markets, ...
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How I can make primary navigation links look more like buttons?

I've recently revamped the navigation bar on my website and I'm trying to explore simple changes that will make the links appear less like flat text, and more like clickable buttons. I've added icons ...